April 2021, Volume 1
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Job Board

Plumas Pines Resort
Seeking qualified members to our team for the 2021 season and beyond. Jobs include: maintenance, store clerk, housekeeper, marina attendant, bartender, server host/busser, line and prep cook, dishwasher. Email resume to plumaspinesresort@gmail.com or drop off at 3000 Almanor West Drive.


Sierra Institute for Community and Environment in Taylorsville
Hiring Summer Youth Corps Crew Leaders. Please check the link for job description. https://sierrainstitute.us/about/jobs/


Peninsula Market
is seeking people to join their team. Positions include working on the register, in the deli and Wally’s Coffee Shop. No experience? We will train. Pick up an application at 309 Peninsula Drive, Lake Almanor.


Womack Construction Plumber:
Position offers full-time employment. Requires 5 years of continuous field experience in the residential and/or light commercial plumbing trades. Please call Chance at (530) 596-3364 ext. 117 for more information.


Almanor Dry Dock Marine Mechanic:
Marine repair center at Lake Almanor needs a seasoned journeyman marine repair technician. Forklift Operator: Seeking forklift operator with a minimum of 5-years’ experience operating forklifts greater than 8,000# capacity. Please call Dianne at (530) 596-4406 option 2 for more information on these positions.


Lake Almanor Country Club
Lake Almanor Country Club is a private, residential/recreation community located on the peninsula of Lake Almanor. With the busy season approaching, we have positions open. Join our team.  Click Here to see available positions


Plumas County Job Opportunities


Alliance for Workforce Development – Hot Jobs!  


UDSA jobs available
Click here to search jobs by location! 


NAPA Auto Parts - Northern California
Counterperson, Delivery Driver - Chester Auto Parts
Full-time. 445 Main St., Chester


Dollar General
Sales Associate, Chester

376 Main St., Chester


Almanor Energy Plus
HVAC Installer



Seneca Healthcare District
Check out openings


Best Western Rose Quartz Inn
Job Opening


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Town Trivia

Congratulations to Karyn Merriman for being the first person with the correct question to this week’s Town Trivia answer, and winning a $10 gift certificate from this week’s sponsor Intermountain Hardware.

The answer: This building was patterned after the old mill that operated in Chester from 1943 to 2002, has Incense Cedar siding and decking, Ponderosa Pine ceiling, railings and interior doors, clear Sugar Pine interior trim around the windows, Douglas Fir posts and beams and a vertical-grain White Fir bookcase. These are all species of lumber that grow in this area.

The correct question: What is the Collins Pine Museum?

This week’s answer: Bait fish introduced into Lake Almanor as a feed source.

Please send your question to: Trivia@lakealmanorarea.com

Town Trivia is always looking for sponsors for our weekly prize. If interested, please contact katherine@sansoneplus.com

About Us

Chamber Board Meetings are at 8:30 am on the 2nd TUESDAY of each month in the Chamber office at 278 Main Street. All are welcome. Zoom is available.

The Chamber's Community Calendar is open to all. CLICK HERE. Go to the bottom of the page and look for SUBMIT HERE.
Lake Almanor Area Chamber
278 Main St., Chester
P.O. Box 1198  96020

Bits & Pieces

Community Supper Sponsored by Piecemaker Quilt Guild
The next Community Supper is April 8th from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. A chicken enchilada dinner will be the fare for the evening. Drive-thru is located in the parking lot of the Memorial Hall on Gay Street in Chester, down from the Corner Store. Please stay in your car and your hot meal will be brought to you. The last Community Supper will be April 22. Community Suppers will resume in November.

US National Forest
Seeking outdoor recreation and the experience of exploration? Get the latest news and status from the National Forest Department on what is happening in the parks and national forests. (link)

Carol’s Prattville Café
The spring opening for Carol’s Café is scheduled for May 1, Wednesday through Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. serving breakfast and lunch; Sundays 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and Sunday Night Suppers, 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Bakery and Espresso Bar will be open daily at 7 a.m. Take-out available and reservations are recommended. 530-259-2464 www.CarolsPrattvilleCafe.com

Two Local Artists Showing at Plumas Arts Gallery
For the month of April, local photographer Jan Davies and painter Barbara MacArthur will be featured at Plumas Arts Gallery in Quincy. The Gallery is open Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., located at 525 Main Street in Quincy. https://www.plumasarts.org/gallery-april-2021.html

Plumas County Library Newsletter
The April 2021 edition of Good Words to You, the Plumas County Library newsletter. It contains the most up-to-date information about services and programs. (link)

Lori Metcalf, Plumas County Library, Chester Branch
210 First Ave., Chester, CA  96020

ARPD Article -- Correction 
There was an error on the website and link for the article on Boy Scouts and donation of benches in improvements on Pine Mountain Trail. Please note these are correct: ARPD, not APRD, and the website link is www.ARPD.org. Apologies from the editor!

Waypoint Charters a New Addition to The Lake and Lake Almanor Area Chamber

Lake Almanor is the new home for Waypoint Charters, owned and operated by new resident, from Paradise, Rob Ayers, who recently purchased a home on the peninsula with his lovely wife Terra.

“My first memory of Lake Almanor was when I was about four years old fishing with my uncle and grandfather on the lake,” says Ayers. Though he says he didn’t catch any fish that day he did hook his grandfather with a bass plug. “What an unforgettable day,” he adds when recalling the Blue Angels or other formation of jets that flew right over them on the water. But more importantly, it was the beginning of his love for the lake. He continued making trips to the basin for hunting, fishing and participating in carp tournaments. These trips made him literally hooked on the sport and the Greater Lake Almanor Basin.

Waypoint Charters operates with a 23’ Boulton that is fully outfitted with fishing gear, an on-board bathroom and has the capacity to accommodate up to six people. “It is fun to share what I have learned about fishing ‘the lake’ with others, and turn many people onto the joy of fishing and seeing the beauty of the area from the perspective of being on the water,” he explains.

Rob and Waypoint Charters can be contacted to reserve full-day excursions at www.AlmanorFishingAdventures.com; email skipper@waypointcharters.pro  or call 530-570-9925.

Bailey Creek Golf Course Annual Chamber Golf Tournament

Kickoff the first tournament of the season at Bailey Creek Lake!

The Almanor Area Chamber of Commerce in association with Bailey Creek Golf Course is seeking your support for their Annual Chamber Golf Tournament. Make sure your business is not left out of this great advertising opportunity! The Chamber Golf Tournament hosted by Bailey Creek has been a huge success since its inception. Golfers from all over come to enjoy a beautiful day on the course with games, prizes, and dinner. This event wouldn't be possible without our generous sponsors. 

Who's invited: Anyone who likes to golf and wants to support our community! 
When: Saturday, May 22, 2021 at 11:00am

Games: 4-Person Scramble, 18-holes, great raffle prizes
·  Closest to the pin every par 3
·  Men's and women's long drive

Entry: $100 per person 
Includes: Green fees, golf cart, range balls, hamburger dinner, and a prize fund
Get your spot today! Limited to 36 teams. 
For tournament entry call: (530) 259-4653

Want to be a tournament sponsor?  Click Here Or call the Chamber at (530) 258-2426

Lake Almanor March Weather Summary

Dale Knusten

The weather situation for the Lake Almanor Basin during March can be expressed with one statement: chilly, with more snow than average but less water content.
The west shore measured 28” of snowfall during the month, which is about 7” more than average for March. That brought the season total to 97.5”, or 82% of the long-term average. However, most of that snow was relatively dry. The July-June total precipitation accumulation only rose 3.36” during March, for a season total of 18.33” (67% of average).

March temperatures ranged from an extreme low of 13 degrees to a peak high of 68 degrees. All of our morning lows were below freezing, with an average low of 21.2 degrees (about 4 degrees colder than the norm). Afternoon highs averaged 51.4 degrees, about half a degree warmer than the long-term figure.

April is typically a drier month with gradually warming temperatures as springtime settles in. Below freezing morning temperatures are still common in April, leading to some caution when to start garden plantings.

34th Annual Street Rod Extravaganza Presented By Lake Almanor Elks Lodge #2626

The 34th Annual Street Rod Extravaganza,  scheduled for Saturday September 11th at Chester Community Park from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and presented by the Lake Almanor Elks Lodge 2626, plans to be a fun event for car enthusiasts and the entire community.

“We anticipate a great turnout of cars with a wide variety of models and vintages whose owners are excited to share their passion with others,” says George Grams, Event Coordinator.  Added to the festivities will be Taco Night on Friday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; a “Friday Night Town Cruise” featuring many of the cars to be on display from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.; a Pancake Breakfast from 7:30 to 10:00 a.m. Saturday morning at Chester Community Park; a BBQ Lunch at the event from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with beer, wine, water and sodas; a silent auction, free popcorn and face painting for children and prize drawings for registrants. “We are happy to be hosting this event that has been a tradition in Chester for 33 years. We hope the entire community comes out and enjoys the day as we embrace the event, the 20th anniversary of 9-11 and sharing time with one another, which we have missed,” adds Terry Parson, Elks President.

The event is free to the public with all proceeds going to Elks Lodge charitable giving.  For those interested in displaying their car(s), you can register on-line at www.lakealmanorarea.com/streetrod. For additional information or questions, please call George Grams at 530-519-6428. (link)


Almanor Fishing, Weather & Lake Report

John Crotty, Almanor Fishing Association


There is lots of activity on Almanor, bass boats, trollers, fly and bank fishermen are all testing their skills. Water temp raised another couple of degrees this past week and is quickly approaching the 50-degree mark. Snow at lake level is melting quickly and our smaller creeks are depositing water into the lake. Lake level currently sits at 4481, approximately three feet less than last year, and visibility has increased to 8-10’.

Boat traffic has been off the charts and it will only increase over the next few weeks with numerous bass tournaments scheduled. The Canyon Dam boat ramp remains the only public boat ramp and I counted 32 trailers in the lot on Saturday. I have not heard of an official opening date for the USFS public ramp at Almanor West. There are reports of 50+ boats, bass tournaments in the next few weeks, which will make for crowded conditions.

Bass boats are struggling to catch fish as are trollers.  Hamilton Branch remains your best shot at catching mature fish from shore. Trollers continue to catch more browns than bows and the quality of fish is superb with browns approaching the double-digit mark. Rainbows remain elusive. Insects are hatching throughout the lake. I would expect the rainbow bite to improve over the next few weeks.

It’s that time of year when we are all anxious to get out on the water, catch some fish and enjoy our beautiful lake.  As boat pressure increases, our boat ramps are going to get crowded and patience will run thin. There have been at least two well written articles in the AFA annual newsletter on launching and retrieving your boat. We can all use a good refresher in both. Regretfully Saturday, I witnessed firsthand a complete disregard for posted USFS rules and boat ramp etiquette as a fellow fisherman set up camp in his cab over camper in the Canyon Dam parking lot and left his boat in the water over night attached to the only public boat ramp on Lake Almanor on perhaps the busiest day of the season this year. Please be prepared at the ramp, offer your assistance if needed and be courteous and don’t let a bad experience at the boat ramp ruin your day on the water!

Spring Road Clearing Continues at Lassen Volcanic

Spring road clearing continues in the Southwest Area through lower-than-average snow depths. On March 24, snow depth at Lake Helen was 68% of average at 114.5 inches or 9.5 feet.
“Visitors should be prepared for over snow travel in most areas of the park,” said Superintendent Jim Richardson. “However, cleared sections of the highway that are not yet open to vehicles offer a great opportunity to hike or bike through the snowy landscape.”

In the spring and early summer season, visitors can “Hike and Bike the Highway” as the park undergoes a winter-to-spring transition. During this time, visitors can enjoy park sights without traveling over snow by walking, running, or biking sections of the park highway once they are cleared of snow and before they open to vehicles.

Visitors can currently hike or bike a 10-mile section of the park highway between Loomis Plaza and Devastated Area and a 1.5-mile section between Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center and Windy Point (0.5 mile beyond Sulphur Works). Both sections of highway remain closed to vehicles until conditions allow. 

The winter entrance fee remains $10 through April 15 and then returns to $30 through November 30. Entrance is free to all national parks on Saturday, April 17 in celebration of the start of National Park Week. Learn more at go.nps.gov/NPW.

Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center is open Wednesday through Sunday through April 30 and then daily beginning May 1. The park store is open during building hours. Limited food and supplies are available weekends only between 11 am and 2 pm.

Enjoy your visit to Lassen Volcanic in the winter season by being prepared. Check the weather forecast, dress in layers, and carry food and water. Stow a shovel, blankets, and tire chains in your vehicle and expect winter road conditions. Fill up your gas tank before entering the park; there is no gas available between November and May.

Conditions change quickly in the spring season at Lassen Volcanic National Park. Visitors are encouraged to check current conditions—including where you can go and what you can do—before visiting at go.nps.gov/lavo/current.


For more information about Lassen Volcanic National Park, please visit www.nps.gov/lavo; contact the park at (530) 595-4480 or lavo_information@nps.gov; or find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube @LassenNPS.

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Town Chatter - April 2021, Volume 1